Did you know that babies love to talk? It may seem silly talking to your young child, but studies show many benefits:
- helping baby learn to speak
- helping baby get ready to learn to read (in a few years)
- nurturing cognitive and social-emotional development
Any time is a fine time for talking. Start a conversation when baby is comfortable and in a position where you can easily see each other. Talk about what is around you or what you are doing. Your baby doesn’t need to understand what you are saying, it’s important just to get her involved in a conversation. Even a 3 month old and can respond with babbles, coos, smiles, or by kicking her legs and reaching out her arms to you. Pause during interactions and look expectantly at your baby to let her know it’s her turn to “speak.”
More tips to help you talk to your baby:
Talk in “Parentese.” Use a high pitched voice, simple sentences, repeated words and stretched out vowels (i.e. “Loooook at baby’s Toooooeeees”). Research shows that babies prefer this language and are more likely to pay attention and respond to it.
Talk about what you are doing. Talk while making breakfast, changing a diaper, doing the laundry and even grocery shopping. Also, name everything you can see; the more words your baby hears, the better!
Talk about what baby is doing. Are they focused on a pet, reaching for your hair, or maybe they are working on a milestone (like rolling over)? Talk about all of it, your baby will love it!